This morning, the Democratic Party of Oregon announced that they're launching StopGordonSmith.com - an effort to hold Senator Gordon Smith accountable for his right wing record. From the statement:
As U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) attempts to moderate his right wing history, this new campaign will make sure Oregon voters understand his true record in the United States Senate.
“We will hold Gordon Smith accountable for his record as one of President Bush’s strongest allies and his history of voting against the values of Oregonians,” DPO Chair Meredith Wood Smith said. “President Bush already has a personal chef, personal attorney and personal driver. He does not need a personal U.S. Senator.”
Senator Smith votes with President Bush 90 percent of the time according to Congressional Quarterly. As a Senator, he has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with conservative Republicans to limit a woman’s right to choose, worked to reduce environmental protections, called on the United States Attorney General to override Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law and voted for legislation that would gut Oregon’s minimum wage ordinance.
Smith has consistently raised money for President Bush’s campaigns, proudly campaigned with the President and chaired his 2004 campaign in Oregon.
And while Smith’s rhetoric on the war in Iraq may change from week to week, his votes show that he has consistently supported the President’s war.
“Now that Gordon Smith faces an angry electorate and a difficult re-election campaign he is trying to change his image,” Wood Smith said. “But he can’t escape his track record. Smith’s voting record simply does not represent Oregon’s interests. Tell me, what Oregonian would agree with nine out of 10 decisions this president has made? Only one, and sadly he’s our United States Senator.”
For now, the site invites visitors to sign up (to start building a grassroots movement to defeat Gordon Smith) and to donate (directly to the '08 Democratic nominee, via ActBlue.) The DPO tells us that StopGordonSmith.com will soon include lots of information about Smith's Senate record - and a grassroots activism center for Oregon Democrats to take action.